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These terms establish a contract between users of our projects and Mason SRCT. Thank you using our projects! SRCT's projects are very diverse, just like the fellow Mason students who create them in their free time. Sometimes a project may require additional terms, and those terms will be listed on the project's site. Those terms become part of your agreement with us when you use those projects. If you have any questions, please contact us before accessing our services. :-) Use of our projects constitutes your agreement to these terms, and your acknowledgement that you are legally able to form a binding contract.
Some projects do not require Mason user authentication. In such cases, provisons covering user authentication do not apply. Additionally, non-Mason student users of our projects are not eligible for Mason SRCT membership.
Many of our services have APIs, and you can get backend access to our projects by coming to meetings for questions or help, so please don't try to access, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with our projects in a way we don't intend. It takes a lot of work to keep our projects running as it is. Because we are hosted on GMU machines, not only will you run afoul of Mason's Responsible Use of Computing policy, but you'll be hurting the open community we're seeking to create. We always need people to work on security, so if you're interested, please come out to a meeting!
Though we encourage new ways of using our APIs, we are not responsible for third party uses of such information provided.
As goes without saying, you may only use our services in full compliance with all laws regulations, and policies and rules by George Mason University. Remember when using our projects that your actions may lead to criminal or civil liability.
Free Software, Free Society
We will provide a freely-licensed copy of all of our projects through our git repositories, and you are free to run our programs on your own, and to examine, change, and redistribute modified or unmodifed versions of our code, subject to the terms of the free relevant software license. In fact, we expressly encourage students to find and fix bugs, or to create new features for our projects. Our membership is predicated on how much you've given back to the Mason community in terms of contributions to our projects.
A full Mason account
Your account is based off of your Mason student account, including your Mason password. We strongly encourage you, just like ITU, to use and keep secret a strong password to keep your information secure.
For many of our projects, you will need a Mason account for access. Keep in mind that this means once your full-access Mason credentials expire, you will no longer be able to access our projects, and may lose any associated saved content.
Use of our projects does not confer SRCT membership.
Copyright and Ownership
Some of our services allow users to upload or create their own content. Please provide citations or receive permission before posting something that is not your intellectual property. If see infringing content, please email the project manager. The project manager will refer copyright matters to relevant Mason copyright and honor code offices.
Otherwise, all content, be it publicly or private posted, is the sole responsibilty of the person from whom it originated. We do not guarantee the accuracy or reliabilty of any information posted by people such as yourself. You retain the rights to your content as long as George Mason University allows you to log in through their authentication systems. Content may be changed per the requirements of our hardware.
Objectionable Content or Honor Code Violations
We do not endorse any user-uploaded content, nor do we have the manpower or permission to extensively review everything uploaded to our projects. If you find anything objectionable, please contact the project manager.
If you suspect any other user of using our services to violate the Honor Code, please follow normal reporting policy-- bypass us and directly contact your instructor.
We are a registered student organization, and abide by the rules required of student orgs, and all other Mason rules and polices. The direction of faculty and staff of may override any provision of these terms and conditions. Mason may even us to shut down some of any of our services. We will attempt to notify our users as soon as possible in such an occasion.
Other than expressly set out in these terms, SRCT does not make any promises about our services. We do not make guarantees about any aspect of any of our projects, from reliability to availability to functionality. We are not liable for any loss or damages, from financial to grade-related. Our software services are provided merely as is. Some areas may require warranties, but otherwise, we do not provide any warranty or any other assurances of any kind. If something breaks, you are always welcome to help us look at our code and fix it. To the extent permitted by law, your maximum liability is limited to the amount you paid us (nothing).
If any portion of these terms is declared unenforceable for any reason, such as at the direction of Mason faculty or staff, the rest of the contract still remains in effect.
Changes to these conditions
If we make any significant changes to these terms, a distinction we alone will determine, we will prominently announce such a change on our site for several days. Continuing to use our services after that period means you agree to the new terms.
Additionally, any project may provide its own additions to these terms, which may override any aspect of them. Please read those carefully, as mentioned above.
We want you to enjoy our projects, but if we are unable to resolve your matter internally, we are based out of George Mason University's Fairfax campus, and the laws of the City of Fairfax, Virginia, United States will apply to any disputes or claims arising from these terms. Please contact Mason's legal offices for further information.
These terms cover a relationship solely between Mason SRCT and you. No third party rights are created.
If you use our services to hurt someone else or in an otherwise legally dubious way, we are in no way liable for your wrongdoing.
If you do not comply with these terms, and no action is immediately taken, it does not mean that we have given up on any of our rights in these terms.
Our projects are not directed at, nor do we knowingly collect any information from, any person under the age of thirteen.
These terms will continue to apply until your Mason login credentials as provided by the university cease working.